Through a Vegan Studies LensTextual Ethics and Lived Activism$44.95Editor: Laura WrightFormat: Paper
Published Date: 2019
Interest in the vegan studies field continues to grow as veganism has become increasingly visible via celebrity endorsements and universally acknowledged health benefits, and veganism and vegan characters are increasingly present in works of art and literature. Through a Vegan Studies Lens broadens the scope of vegan studies by engaging in the mainstream discourse found in a wide variety of contemporary works of literature, popular cultural representations, advertising, and news media.
Veganism is a practice that allows for environmentally responsible consumer choices that are viewed, particularly in the West, as oppositional to an economy that is largely dependent upon big agriculture. This groundbreaking collection exposes this disruption, critiques it, and offers a new roadmap for navigating and reimaging popular culture representations on veganism. These essays engage a wide variety of political, historical, and cultural issues, including contemporary political and social circumstances, emergent veganism in Eastern Europe, climate change, and the Syrian refugee crisis, among other topics.
Through a Vegan Studies Lens significantly furthers the conversation of what a vegan studies perspective can be and illustrates why it should be an integral part of cultural studies and critical theory. Vegan studies is inclusive, refusing to ignore the displacement, abuse, and mistreatment of nonhuman animals. It also looks to ignite conversations about cultural oppression.
Laura Wright is the author of three books and a professor of English at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and animal studies.
“Veganism has arrived as a visible practice across a diversity of cultures—this rich volume significantly furthers the conversation of what a vegan studies perspective can be and illustrates just why it should be an integral part of cultural studies and critical theory.”Richard Twine, Edge Hill University, UK
"With kindness and clarity—seamlessly braiding popular culture critiques with feminist animal studies, postcolonial and anti-racist studies, and vegan ecofeminisms—these Vegan Studies scholars hold up a mirror to industrial culture’s self-image: the faces we present to the world, the stories we tell ourselves." Dr. Greta Gaard, Professor of English and Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows and The Sustainable Justice Minor
"I’m thrilled to see this book because it’s a necessary text, not only for those in the fields of vegan, animal, and environmental studies but for all who care about animals and the planet. This book challenges conventional cultural norms and inspires us to change old ways of thinking and to do better."Eco Lit Books
Through a Vegan Studies Lens is an invigorating collection for academics in the fields of vegan studies, as well as the intersecting fields of food, environmental, and animal studies.Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment